Final goodbyes were said to our dear colleague, friend and brother, Bankole Olubamise, who was laid to rest in Abuja on Saturday, 23 August, 2014. The wake keep took place on Friday, 22 August, 2014. Despite the short notice, the ceremonies, had many in attendance extolling his life and work. The ceremonies were a mix of sadness, shock and disbelief as well as consolation that he touched many lives positively and left an indelible legacy.
Tributes to Bankole Olubamise
Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) is saddened by the passing on of Bankole Olubamise, a most exceptional and talented ICT professional and advocate. The nation has lost a gem. NCS recognizes and appreciates his immense impact in ICT4D policy making and consulting. We indeed have fond memories of his contributions as one of our conference speakers at our annual conference held last year in Osun state. He will always be remembered for his admirable dedication and passion by the IT community. Our thoughts are with his wife, children and family members. May God protect, comfort and strengthen them.
– Nigeria Computer Society (NCS)
I met Pastor Bankole about 13 years ago during the WSIS process. We immediately developed a perfect working relationship culminating in his involvement in various activities of NITDA. He contributed to the development of the Nigerian ICT4D Plan, the eNigeria conferences, National Software Policy and lately the development of ICT policy for states. Financial reward was secondary as you put all you had in any assignment given to you. On behalf of the NITDA family, we thank you for your immense contribution to the success stories of NITDA. Your contribution can never be forgotten.
We pray to God to grant your wife, children and entire family the fortitude to bear the great loss to the family and the nation as a whole. RIP Pastor!
– Vincent O. Olatunji, PhD
Deputy Director, Corporate Strategy and Research,
National Information Technology Development Agency
Nigeria’s CommTech Industry loses one of its most promising young men
‘There goes another diminishing of our future. Bydway, whose interest does death serve? And how does it make its choices? Death, you sting, but we fear not thee. Shame to you death! Bankole did his best. He will rest in The Lord’.
– Titi Omo-Ettu, Chairman, Cyberschuul
This can not be true! Bankole was a fine + Passionate IT intellectual . Above, he was very humble. I learnt a lot discussing + networking with him. Even in death, he can be counted as one of Nigeria’s IT colossus. He will surely rest in perfect peace.
– Chris Uwaje (Past President Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON)
I read this very sad information several times before I could figure out that it was Bankole Olubamise that was gone. Yes, we worked together on the development of National Software Policy and other related assignments but it is still very difficult for me to believe that, the young and very vibrant, Bankole Olubamise has passed on. May God protect his wife, children and family. He will always be remembered by friends and colleagues. Rest in peace, Bankole.
– S. A. Shehu, Registrar, Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN)
This is sad and deeply sad that a good friend has gone into the world of no return. That my Pastor Oluwabamise Bankonle has gone and gone forever at a prime age is unbelievable. We worked together in many ICT fora to mention a few were the ICT4D and National Software Policy Committee. It is a great loss. I shall ever remember him for his glorious contributions. Bye. May his soul rest in perfect peace.
– Professor O. Charles Akinyokun, Federal University of Technology, Akure
A leading light in Nigerian ICT4D has left us. His shoes will be hard to fill
– John Dada, CEO, Fantsuam Foundation
It’s hard to accept that Bankole, my colleague is gone. We worked closely together on so many projects in ICT consulting and policy development. Working with him was a pleasure. Very passionate and driven, he was always full of remarkable ideas and boundless energy. A man of big dreams, he had big dreams for his colleagues, his community, his profession and his nation. One thing that always stood out in him was his extraordinary humanity and interest in others. Bankole, I thank you for being not just a colleague, but a great friend and brother. It is a painful parting but I will always cherish the experiences we shared. May the God Lord keep and care for his wife, children and family. Rest in Peace, Bankole.
– Jide Awe, MD, Jidaw Systems
It is indeed heart breaking to hear this. The IT community has lost a dependable ally. May his gentle soul rest in peace.
– Dr. Folorunso – NCS Chairman Osun state chapter
So shocked to hear about Bankole’s sudden passing. Bankole’s contributions towards the development and growth of ICT in Nigeria is totally unimpeachable. His constructive ideas, strong advocacy and incurable verve to see Nigeria transform to a knowledge economy was clearly exemplified when he was called upon to serve as a resource person during the development of the Nigerian ICT4D Private Sector Development Strategy and Plan (where I was opportuned to be the Group Head). Certainly, he has left a yawning gap in the ICT development consultancy space. May the Lord grant his soul eternal rest and his family the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.
– Imo Ukpong. ICT Consultant
I didn’t know Bankole well or personally but from the excellent piece he wrote on the overview of the Nigerian ICT industry for the Venture ICT career journal, it was obvious that he was extremely versed about the industry. The fact that he agreed to do the article and turned it out in record time despite his very many interests and heavy schedule is a testimony of a man who honoured commitments and others. We thank God for a life lived with purpose and contribution to humankind. May his soul rest in perfect peace and may the good Lord grant the family the courage and fortitude to bear the loss.
– Dr. Nadu Denloye, Co-Founder, Telnet
What a sad news. May his soul in peace. May God be with the family this trying time.
– Emeka Aginam, ICT Journalist/Online Editor, Vanguard Newspapers
Shocking and saddening are the words considered apt to describe the passing away of a great titan of IT, an outstanding and erudite professional Mr Bankole Olubamise. His contribution to IT development and deployment is monumental. We have lost a Gem. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace and may God Almighty take care of his family.
– Iyiola Ayoola, Director, Corporate Affairs, Nigeria Computer Society
It was a sad news to all of us. Certainly, we have lost a GEM. May his gentle soul rest in peace.
– MD Agbali, Abuja, Nigeria
Wow, I still can’t get over it! Interestingly, the photo you attached was of him in Osun last year when he and I presented on the same panel during one of the plenary sessions at the NCS conference. That was my first time of meeting him. I remember asking him if he was a pastor because he spoke with the cadence of one. He smiled and shook his head. I met him again in Abuja at the eNigeria conference but I didn’t have a chance to interact until I visited Dr. Olatunji at NITDA on my way out of town. Bankole was there and I heard someone call him Pastor. I told him “I knew it!!! I knew you were a pastor the first time I heard you speak!!!” We laughed. I spoke to him again when I was trying to rally up troupes for the e-Governance in Nigeria Conference.
I didn’t know him very well but I found him to be a kind, gentle and amiable fellow. I will miss running into him in future ICT-related events in Nigeria. I pray for God’s strength and comfort for those of you who knew him well as colleagues and friends, as well as his wife and children. I thank God that his and my paths crossed albeit briefly!
– Patience Akpan-Obong, PhD, Associate Professor, Arizona State University
Man of God, we cannot afford to weep as men but we are aware that you fought a good fight and God our maker will grant you rest eternal in His blossom. Adieu pastor, mentor, brother and professional colleague.
– Phil Enyinnaya, Federal Ministry of Transport, Abuja
Bankole’s family thanks you all for your prayers and support during this period. God bless you.
“A life without Purpose, is like someone who went to the market, s/he did not buy, s/he did not sell!”
– Bankole Olubamise (1969 – 2014)
Bankole lives on in our hearts!